BMW Electric Models Overview

Thinking of upgrading your Corona driving experience with a new BMW electric car? You’re in great company! BMW electric models offer all of the first-class features BMW drivers are accustomed to, with the addition of an all-electric motor or a plug-in hybrid engine to increase your efficiency and decrease your carbon footprint in Riverside. Before you get behind the wheel, learn more about BMW iPerformance and explore your BMW electric car options with the team at BMW of Murrieta!

BMW iPerformance

BMW plug-in hybrid models are powered by BMW iPerformance. How do iPerformance models differ from other plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the road? They combine the thrilling performance of the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine with the energy efficiency of an eDrive electric motor.

BMW lovingly refers to this motor as your “electric assistant,” designed to work in tandem with the transmission to add to the Turbo engine’s power and torque, resulting in a plug-in hybrid that consumes less fuel but still delivers legendary BMW performance. Drivers of BMW i models can switch between three modes:

  • Auto eDrive – When this mode is selected, the Turbo engine and electric motor will automatically work together to deliver the best, most efficient drive possible, no matter the conditions on the road.
  • Max eDrive – When you switch into Max eDrive, your BMW i model will pull its power directly from the electric battery. Many Ontario drivers find this mode most useful when they’re just running errands around town or making their daily commute. If your battery starts running low, the fuel-injected engine will automatically kick in.
  • Battery Control – Switching into Battery Control mode means your BMW is running solely on the gas-powered Turbo engine. Use this mode when you want to save your battery’s charge for later, or to start generating a charge through Regenerative Braking.

Just like any BMW model, the iPerformance cars are expertly engineered to deliver a smooth, comfortable driving experience. The TwinPower Turbo engine sits in the front of the vehicle, while the lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear, creating a perfectly balanced vehicle.

Explore BMW iPerformance Models

After learning more about BMW iPerformance, let’s take a closer look at the models that utilize this innovative technology.

BMW 530e Sedan

The BMW 530e Sedan boasts the TwinPower Turbo engine and eDrive elector motor we discussed above, generating 180 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 130 mph or 146 mph when equipped with performance tires and an increased top speed limiter. In the cabin, you’ll find no shortage of luxury amenities. Take a look at what comes standard:

  • Fineline Ridge Wood interior trim
  • SensaTec upholstery
  • 16-way power front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • 2-way power glass moonroof
  • And more!

BMW 745e xDrive Sedan

Equipped with a slightly more power 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo engine and the eDrive electric motor, the 745e xDrive Sedan brings a little more muscle than the 530e Sedan, making for a combined horsepower of 389 and 443 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0 – 60 in just 4.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 130 or 155 with performance tires and an increased top speed limiter. The interior, of course, leaves nothing to be desired, delivering the following standard features:

  • High-gloss Fineline Wood interior trim
  • Dakota Leather upholstery
  • 20-way power Multi-Countour front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View Cameras
  • Automatic 4-zone climate control
  • And so much more

BMW i8

The BMW electric car i8 is available as a coupe or roadster. When you opt for the base-level coupe model, you’ll get a BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine combined with the eDrive electric motor. Together, they generate a combined 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Thoughtfully designed with distinctive cuts and lines, the BMW electric car i8 makes it possible to achieve energy-efficient aerodynamics with a sports car look. When you step into the i8, you’ll find:

  • Ivory White or Black leather
  • 6-way power front seats
  • 3-stage heated front seats
  • Automatic 2-zone climate control
  • Advanced Vehicle and Key Memory
  • And more!

BMW All-Electric: Explore the i3

Currently, there is just one BMW all-electric model: the BMW i3 electric. Fully powered by an AC Synchronous Electric Motor, the BMW i3 electric vehicle reaches 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0 – 30 mph in 3.8 seconds and 0 – 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, with a top speed of 93 mph. It’s all-electric range tops out at 153 miles, making it an ideal vehicle for the San Diego commuter who is looking to be more efficient and eco-friendly. This distinctive BMW all-electric model features the following style notes and standard features:

  • Kenaf interior dash and door panels
  • Andesite Silver matte interior trim
  • Slide-through interior floor design
  • Front and rear Park Distance Control
  • 3-stage heated front seats
  • Advanced Vehicle and Key Memory
  • Automatic climate control
  • And more!

BMW 3 Series Electric

Drivers of the iconic BMW 3 Series may have heard rumblings of the BMW 3 Series electric model. Slated to enter the market in 2020 as the 330e Sedan, we don’t yet have the exact performance specifications for this exciting new model, but Murrieta drivers should expect it to offer an alluring combination of 3 Series thrills with electric efficiency.

BMW Electric SUV

Like the BMW 3 Series electric, we don’t yet have a BMW electric SUV, but rest assured it will soon be on its way! The 2020 BMW iX3 electric SUV has been spotted on test runs in Munich, Germany, and is said to arrive in the U.S. sometime in 2020. Being that this will be the first-ever BMW electric SUV, the iX3 electric is surely a model to watch!

Find Your New BMW Electric Car at BMW of Murrieta

Ready to make the switch to BMW electric? Contact BMW of Murrieta to schedule a test drive and request a quote for the BMW electric car price. Whether you’re looking to make a statement in the plug-in hybrid i8 or you’re ready to go all-electric with the i3, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our extensive new BMW inventory. To get a head start on financing, be sure to fill out our secure online form!

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